In the end it was a landslide. The 2012/13 Arsenal USA Player of the Year goes to Santi Cazorla!
Arsenal supporters in the USA and Canada went to the polls to pick the player they viewed as the most important to Arsenal's campaign. Voters were given five finalists to choose from, each nominated by a panel of supporters.
» Per Mertesacker, the cool-headed German who provided consistency at the back.
» Laurent Koscielny, the stabilizing force behind Arsenal’s late season run.
» Mikel Arteta, the vice-captain who provided leadership and metronomic passing.
» Theo Walcott, the Club's top scorer who notched 21 goals in all competitions.
» Santi Cazorla, the Spanish maestro who excelled in his first season in England.
Despite solid arguments for each player, Cazorla took 47 per cent of the vote - with double the number of votes of the next closest candidate.
Consider Cazorla's contributions to Arsenal's season: He played in 49 matches, including all 38 in the Premier League. He scored 12 times in the league and led the team with 11 assists. All this in his first season in England.
"A player who plays in every match brings consistency to the lineup, he becomes a stabilizing force as the squad can be picked around him. In the case of Cazorla he complements everyone in the squad." - Morgan Rubes, Arsenal Canada
The margin of victory for second place was nearly as wide.
Mikel Arteta's incredible passing and leadership earned him 23 per cent of the vote. Despite playing a different role than he is used to, Arteta excelled and provided a composed and consistent defensive presence in the midfield as well as sublime link-up play. He even matched his goal output from the previous season.
"Arteta didn’t miss a beat in moving to the pivot role, forging an immediate link between midfield and attack, and continuing his metronomic passing consistency (91.5 per cent passing accuracy in the League)." - Brett Chase, NYC Arsenal Supporters
Thanks to everyone who voted!Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 10 Jul 2013